Purgatory Online

Friday, November 15, 2002

One other thing about the AL MVP race. According to the official results, every one of the 28 voters had Rodriguez on their ballots, and 27 of the 28 put him in the top 4. If the thinking is that he shouldn't win because he played on a team that wasn't in contention, why put him on the ballot at all? Why is it okay for him to be, say, more valuable than Garret Anderson or Alfonso Soriano, both of whom were instrumental in their teams making the playoffs, but not Tejada? If Tejada's numbers looked like Soriano's, would the fact that the Rangers were a last place team cease to matter? The whole thing is so arbitrary. Just give it to the best player and be done with it.